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Binny's Beverage Depot
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
790 Royal Saint George Dr
phone: (630) 717-0100
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I've been going to this Binny's in Naperville for years, even when it was a tiny single slot strip mall storefront (and went by a different name). Even after moving to Plainfield 8 years ago and having another Binny's only a few miles from my new home, I still go back to this spot in Naperville every once in a while. The down side is George (the beer guy) isn't here anymore, the upside (for me, at least) is that he is in Plainfield now.
This place has a huge selection, like all the other reviews have stated. The most jaded BA would have a hard time finding something that they hadn't tried before. Long wall of sixers, from all over the world, an import line of shelves (40/50 feet of space), a nice bomber selection, and small (20 feet?) shelf dedicated to belgians.
They have a decent selection of big bottles/bombers in the cooler, and the chilled six pack/12 pack selection has a decent range of selections. My favorite part is the marked down shelf. You'll find some gems there occasionally, like some big beers with a little age on them like (2007?/2008?) Left Hand Smoke Jumper, marked down.
They have beer tastings fairly frequently, and although they advertise a fee, I've never paid a dime for a tasting there.
If you're close by or just passing by, make sure you stop in to see what they have. You'll be impressed.
09-04-2010 13:55:29 |
More by JamnesCameron
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
A stop by here because I just picked it out of the phone book or off beeradvocate.
I walked in and found a pretty large warehouse type setting and bypassed all the liquor and wine AND tobacco straight to the beer!! I was kind of short on time but I can honestly say they had hundreds of kinds of beer. Many singles which are unavailable in Iowa. The Belgian section was above average. Prices were lower than Iowa by .50-1.00 a sixer. I was surprised
to see how many locations there are in Chicagoland. I would definitely go back here. They were stocked on Three Floyds, even though the batch of Alpha King was substandard and flat. I was surprised to see even in Chicago area that FFF had to be kept in the back and rationed. There were many other crafts that I did not write down that I can't get in my area. Help was very knowledgeable and helpful.
07-07-2009 23:54:11 |
More by daledeee
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
I love Binny's Beverage Depot. Wat a business model, its like the Wal-mart of the alcohol distribution industry. Extensive selection - second to none in Chicagoland - with the lowest prices around due to the chain's buying power. Offers selections from coast to coast as well as from across either pond. Knowledgeable and courteous staff make shopping a pleasure. I once spent over an hour wandering through Binny's like a kid in a candy store only to select a six pack and two single bottles (true story).
I've been to several Binny's locations and the Naperville location had the best selection, even though every location offers more than anyone could expect.
01-28-2010 23:54:58 |
More by pasdachuri
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Naperville Binny's is one of the bigger Binny's locations in Chicagoland and fittingly they have of a larger beer selection than other Binny's locations. I was very impressed by the service here. There are usually at least two beer guys organizing the shelves and offering help. The last time I was in there I was looking for information on a particular beer and the guy didn't have much info but gave me the business card of the head beer guy and told me the hours to call. I also overheard the employee calling another Binny's in the area to see if they had an item in stock that another customer was seeking.
06-08-2011 15:46:00 |
More by sgoro
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is my go to place when visiting family. Staff has been very helpful and if they don't know the answer they will get another employee to help. We live down state where there are not great places to buy beer. I stock up on items I can't find at home. I usually spend too much money it is beer. Not the biggest Binnys but the first one I went to was Bollingbrook. I was in seventh heaven there. For someone that lives good beer and from the beer desert of west central Illinois this is the place for me.
12-30-2012 02:45:31 |
More by ajflachs
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is in a strip mall and has a big wall of windows in the front. It has the feel of a Binny's which is open and spacious but not really a warehouse feel. The beer is in the back to the right as you enter and it is spread out. The beer section is large but you can't see all of it from any one spot.
They had a very good selection and lots of beer that I am unfamiliar with. I think many of them are run of the mill beers that have trendy label art, and many of them were from Eastern Europe. There was also a good German selection and a very nice Midwest representation. I was surprised to see things like Jolly Pumpkin's Maracaibo Especial along with several other Jolly Pumpkin brews and a large selection of Avery including Samael's oak aged ale. Sadly there Bell's sections were all cleared out except for a palate of Oberon. Above one row of bottles there was a nice selection of glassware that was clean. That is what impressed me the most was how everything in the store was very clean. Even the Belgian section had very clean bottles with a bottle of Prestige in a box. Although I didn't find anything rare, the beer selection is the best I have seen at a Binny's and that is impressive.
11-01-2006 20:33:03 |
More by rhoadsrage
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
The beer guy is very helpful and knowledgable. But I come here for the selection. We've been lucky that more great beer has come to Illinois in the past couple of years, including Lost Abbey, The Bruery, Bell's, Green Flash, Magic Hat, Brooklyn, and Tyranena.
They also carry Three Floyds, Two Brothers, Goose Island, Founders, Big Sky, Great Lakes, Hoppin Frog, Victory, Rogue, Dogfish Head, Great Divide, Bear Republic, Ska, and many more.
They have plenty of Belgian, German, English, and other imports. They have Nogne (Dark Horizon on the shelf), Brewdog, and Mikeller.
I was able to buy Goose Island Juliet and New Belgium La Folie right off the shelf. Always ask the beer guy if you're looking for anything special, they usually keep it in the back, like Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout or Backwoods Bastard.
01-20-2010 16:54:21 |
More by schneid
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This has been my go-to store after moving to Naperville a couple of years ago.
Quality - Overall this is a nice store (and chain for that matter) with a thoughtfully laid out craft section, friendly & helpful staff that really seems to care about the beer. Pretty convenient location that doesn't see a ton of traffic.
Service - The staff is really solid over at Naperville, great group of guys and gals that are fairly knowledgeable and always willing to help out, or throw out a suggestion. If you plan on going there later on in the evening it is a little tougher to track down a staff member, but generally they come to you once they spot someone in the craft section. In fact, just last week I saw a manager walking up and down the wall o' beer giving a couple customers hefeweizen suggestions. The nice thing about the Naperville staff is that it seems like most of them actually drink beer (I've even seen a group of them at local beer events), so I know they're more aware about whats new and good and keeping up with freshness and turnover.
Selection - Great selection and it is constantly improving. A few months ago they began adding several more temporary shelves worth of belgians and other cool imports and have now completely reorganized the entire craft beer section into By continent (for the most part) and by brewery.The american options are fairly extensive, with plenty of options from each brewery, including seasonal brews. The import section is equally as impressive with popular options such a Cantillon, Rochefort, Bernadus, Mikkeler, Samuel Smith, Ayinger, Weihenstephaner, etc. They also have an "inventory" (I put this in quotes because it comes up on the inventory if they've ever stocked it) on their website that can also give you a better idea of what's avaliable.
The only reason I kept it from a 5/5 is that they seem to get fewer of the special release beers than other Binnys locations and have a damn list when they do get something special in.
the value is more like 2.5 $'s. They are routinely a dollar or two more per 6 pack or bomber, so they're somewhere in between reasonable and a bit pricey.
01-04-2011 16:16:29 |
More by drewba
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
(Visited 11/2010): Binny's is located in the Cress Creek Square shopping center on the west side of Naperville on West Ogden, not too far off I-88. There is a large private lot in front of the store.
The interior of this store is large, with the rear and right area being devoted to beer. There are coolers in the far back with many singles, and several aisles for beer segregated for the most part geographically. Local and regional breweries like Flossmoor Station, Goose Island etc are well represented, as are domestic micros and craft imports.
Service is about what I expect at a place like this. I was greeted and asked if I needed help (which I didn't) and had a friendly cashier.
Overall I was impressed with this store and would definitely put it near the top of the list of places to go for bottles from breweries I cannot find at home.
06-24-2011 21:14:06 |
More by Dogbrick
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by here on my way out of Aurora a week ago. Great selection. Not quite as monstrous as the one in Plainfield, but still good. Talked beer with a guy there. Hooked me up with his last 12 pack of the Magic Hat sampler. He did a great job of helping me find brews that I can't get in Indiana. The place seemed very well organized with clear directions to whatever section you are looking for. Great import section alongside the craft section. They also has a 10x10 walk-in humidor for cigars with a decent selection there too. Good experience.
02-19-2009 13:13:38 |
More by youngblood
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